Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Today marks the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, when 156,000 American, British, and Canadian forces landed along the coast of France. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded that day, and their sacrifice should never be forgotten. Without the bravery of those who fought in that battle and throughout World War II, I cringe to think what this world may have become.
This invasion is considered to have turned the tide of World War II against the Nazis. It was the beginning of the Battle of Normandy, which lasted until August of that same year, and paved the way for the Allies to seize control of western Europe from the Nazis. Less than a year after D-Day, Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies, formally surrendering in May of 1945.
If you’re fortunate enough to meet a veteran who fought in that war, please take a minute to thank them, they deserve our gratitude and respect.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Chris takes a look at #94 in Minnesota Vikings By The Numbers.
Eric shared the most excellent news that Mike Zimmer has been cleared to return to coach the Vikings. I hope his eye problems are behind him for good.
Wludford looks at which roster spots are up for grabs, and there aren’t a lot of them.
Vikings news from other sources:
From Vikings.com, here are highlights from OTA number 7. Craig Peters looks at Nick Truesdell’s transition from basketball to NFL tight end.
Around the rest of the NFL:
From NFL.com, Jeremy Maclin is visiting the Bills today. Speaking of the Bills, 36 year-old Fred Jackson is not ready to retire from football.
We come to today’s media selection.
Here’s a documentary of the D-Day invasion. I hope you have a chance to watch this, if you haven’t seen it yet.
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